Sony has introduced the F23 camera, which will support 4:4:4 1920 x 1080 RGB imaging.
The system will join the HDC-F950 camera at the high end of the company’s CineAlta line. The F23 uses three 2.2Mb 2/3in progressive CCDs and a 14-bit A/D converter. The system will support 1080/23.98P, 24P, 25P, 29.97P, 50P, 59.94P, 50i and 59.94i formats.
The SRW-1 digital 4:4:4 recorder will dock directly to the top or to the tail of the new system, eliminating cable handling between the camera and recorder. The recorder can also be tethered using a “dual-link” cable connection.
To be film user-friendly, the camera body will be compatible with a variety of film camera accessories, including bridge plates, matte boxes and follow focus units. These can be attached to the unit without modification. The F23 system will also use a harder material for its lens mount (B4 type).
When used with Sony’s SRW-1 VTR, the new camera system can capture and record variable speed images from 1P to 60P (1P to 30fps at 4:4:4 and 1P to 60fps at 4:2:2) at the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The F23 system is expected to be available in late spring 2007.
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